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Is Your Data Center Ready for a Challenge from the White House?

October 23, 2014


Blog - Better Buildings Challenge

The federal government is challenging data centers across the country to become at least 20 percent more energy efficient by 2020, the White House announced in a blog post recently.

In 2013, U.S. data centers consumed about 100 billion kilowatts (kW) per hour of energy, according to the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE). By being 20 percent more efficient, cost savings would be about $2 billion. 

The effort is part of the DOE’s Better Buildings Challenge, which also includes commercial and industrial facilities. 

The challenge is intended to get participating data centers to either improve energy efficiency by at least 20 percent and showcase one specific project within 10 years, or have a single data center with an IT load of 100 kW or greater improve energy consumption by 25 percent within five years.

So far, 19 data centers have accepted the challenge.

CPI Passive Cooling® Solutions Can Help 

Energy efficiency is a top priority at Chatsworth Products (CPI). Our industry-leading Passive Cooling Solutions offer innovative airflow management techniques, helping data centers maximize their cooling efficiencies without the need for additional CRAC units, in-row air conditioners or liquid cooling solutions. 

Benefits Include:

  • Saves up to 40 percent on total data center energy costs.
  • Lowers construction costs relative to active cooling solutions.
  • Reduces data center cooling costs up to 90 percent.
  • Permits chilled water temperatures to be increased, providing means for more hours of economization under high IT loads.

For more information on CPI's approach to energy efficiency in data centers, go here.

Raissa Carey, eContent Specialist  

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